Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski Cannes-(retouched-cropped).jpg
At the Cannes Film Festival, late 1980s
BornKlaus Günter Karl Nakszynski[1]
(1926-10-18)18 October 1926
Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (present-day Sopot, Poland)
Died23 November 1991(1991-11-23) (aged 65)
Lagunitas, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1948–1989
Spouse(s)Gislinde Kühbeck (1952–1955; divorced; 1 child)
Brigitte Ruth Tocki (1960–1971; divorced; 1 child)
Minhoi Geneviève Loanic (1971–1979; divorced; 1 child)
Debora Caprioglio (1987–1989; divorced)
ChildrenNastassja, Pola and Nikolai Kinski

Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski;[2] 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991)[3] was a German actor.[4][5][6][7]

He appeared in more than 130 films, and was a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). He also appeared in many Spaghetti Westerns, such as For a Few Dollars More (1965), A Bullet for the General (1966), The Great Silence (1968), And God Said to Cain (1970), Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971) and A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975).

Kinski was a controversial figure, and some of his tantrums on set were filmed in Herzog's documentary My Best Fiend.[8] He is the father of Pola, Nastassja, and Nikolai Kinski, born of three different marriages. They have all become actors and have worked in Germany and the United States, in film and TV.

Early life

Klaus Kinski's parental home

Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski was born to German nationals in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland) in 1926. His father, Bruno Nakszynski, was a failed opera singer turned pharmacist; his mother, Susanne (née Lutze), was a nurse and the daughter of a local pastor.[9] Klaus had three older siblings: Inge, Arne and Hans-Joachim.

Due to the Great Depression, the family was unable to make a living in Danzig and moved to Berlin in 1931, where they also struggled. They settled in a flat in the Wartburgstraße 3, in the district of Schöneberg, and took German citizenship.[9] In 1936, Kinski attended the Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium in Schöneberg.[10]

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